12-30-2011 11:15 AM
About a year ago, my 80GB (Motorstorm bundle) PS3 stopped reading Blu-ray discs. It can read/play DVDs/PS2/PS1 games perfectly fine, and downloadable PS3 games work just fine, so this leads me to believe it is a problem with the Blu-ray laser/hardware.
If I put a blu-ray disc into a cool PS3 (if it has been off for a while), it will play the content for maybe about five minutes before it inevitably fails to read the data; Which makes me think it might be a heat-related issue, but it doesn't seem to be running extraordinarily hot, and from others' experiences that I've read, it seems that this is a precursor to total blu-ray failure.
So, am I correct in believing that replacing the blu-ray laser/mechanism will likely fix the issue? Is there a preferred/reputable seller of replacement parts?
tl;dr: PS3 fails to read blu-ray discs after a couple minutes. Other game/movie mediums work fine. Will replacing the laser fix the problem? Where should I get replacement parts?
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12-30-2011 12:49 PM
If the PS3 reads DVDs and runs everything else fine, but Blu-Ray discs are not reading/playing correctly (or at all for that matter), that means the Blu-Ray laser lens is either very dirty and needs cleaning, and/or it is (most likely) dieing. The PS3 has two lenses for reading discs within the same Blu-Ray laser - 1 purple/blue laser for reading Blu-Rays and 1 red laser for reading DVDs/Music CDs/Data Discs/Etc. I'd say it's safe to assume that the Blu-Ray laser lens is slowly becoming faulty and is dieing, and will be needing a replacement very soon for itself. This is moreso of a problem especially with older first and second generation PS3 models like your own. A good place to buy a new Blu-Ray laser from is Ebay; I don't know of any official and/or well-recommended websites per-se to buy a Blu-Ray laser from - perhaps someone else on the forum may have a better idea than myself as far as reseller/distribution sources goes. What I do know though, is that if you buy a new Blu-Ray laser, make sure the Blu-Ray laser is not a knock-off brand that has a brown/black-colored ribbon cable flap/switch on it - these faulty knock-off Blu-Ray lasers are known to die shortly after replacing (within a few weeks). The white-colored ribbon cable flap/switch Blu-Ray lasers are the legitimate refurbished/used ones coming from new/older generation PS3 models and/or other distribution sources - and is the one that you need/are looking for. Also, make sure you know which Blu-Ray laser you need - I'm going to assume yours is either a KES-400A or other similar related Blu-Ray laser model based on the PS3 model that you have (CECHE01?). When you take apart the Blu-Ray drive, it'll state the model/serial number on the physical Blu-Ray laser label itself (as you'll soon see in the screenshots displayed below). The serial number label for your fat/phat PS3 model can be found/located on the back outside area of the console. As long as you buy one of the white-colored Blu-Ray lasers as a replacement - no matter from what distribution source and/or reseller - you should be good. The price range of these Blu-Ray lasers are usually between $30~120 USD online - depending on which distribution source you obtain yours from. As for taking apart your PS3 and replacing your Blu-Ray laser, be sure to check out the ever popular Junker15's YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/junker15) for disassembly tutorials/cleaning tips/etc. In the meantime, I'll see if I can find a picture (or two) of the white-colored and brown/black-colored flap/switch Blu-Ray lasers for you online.
White-colored (legitimate) Blu-Ray laser:
Brown/black-colored (non-legitmate, faulty knock-off) Blu-Ray laser:
I hope that helps, Chickenmeister!
01-07-2012 11:44 AM
Thanks for the help.
I bought a new laser from an eBay seller, replaced my old part, and my PS3 is now working fine. The part I bought ended up having a brown cable clip (despite the seller have a white clip version pictured); But it's working for now. If I have any issues with it, I'll report back.
01-20-2012 07:35 PM
Sorry for the late reply... The laser that I bought is from the seller ace_electronics_shop:
Though you may require a different version, depending on which PS3 model you have. The one I bought is still working fine, though it's only been a couple weeks.